Author: Anna Kompanek

Photo Credit: Heather (via Flickr) Recently I listened to a webinar focused on a somewhat unexpected topic: what can improvisation teach us about ethical behavior? The webinar was hosted by NYSE Governance Services, the leading governance, compliance and education solutions provider for companies and their boards, and Second City Works, the B2B side of The… Read More

Photo Credit: Puro Periodism Last month I was in Panama, attending the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC). Not surprisingly, the Panama papers were looming large over the event and became a major point of discussion. To me, however, an equally important thread concerned another key issue: governance of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and its significance for… Read More

The new ISO 37001 standard on anti-bribery management systems is expected to be finalized later this year. In many respects, the standard brings the re-affirmation of global best practices in anti-corruption compliance that emerged through norms such as the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery or Department of Justice and Serious Fraud Office guidance on the… Read More

Mutually beneficial exchange of goods and services is at the heart of David Ricardo’s comparative advantage argument and Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. Over the centuries, such exchange through commerce has connected countries around the globe through a web of economic links and lifted millions out of poverty. In the modern era, international agreements… Read More

A recent report by Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) paints a rather grim picture of the extent of corruption in Kenya. In the top 10 counties by average bribe size, bribes range from KSH 80,000 (about $800 US) to about KSH 6,000 ($60 US) — in a country where the average monthly wage is… Read More

Corruption in global value chains remains among the top risks that companies around the world must mitigate. Most multinational corporations have gone to great lengths to ensure anti-corruption compliance among their business partners abroad. However, many firms in emerging markets – especially the smaller ones – still do not necessarily know how to go about… Read More

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